Summer in East Hampton was a flash of White Linen.
“I made a dash through the hot summer rain, my white linen pants sticking to my legs, as the frantic sound of Docksiders smacking the pavement kept the time… Summer was over.”Read More
Halsey McKay is pleased to present Shapes, a group exhibition organized by Ellie Rines, featuring work by Graham Collins, Rand Hardy, Mary Heilmann, Sadie Laska, Matt Rich, Keith Sonnier, and Blair Thurman. The show will be on view from August 13th through August 29th, 2016.Read More
Here are some of my top picks available in the Annual InLiquid Benefit silent auction, in person or online. Click the titles and ‘Press Bid to Play,’ as the theme of this year’s event beckons, and click through to the full post to see more… Above, Bill Brookover’s Vibrating Triangles (Pink on Black) 2015, constructed collage, 12″ x 16″ Pressure print on Japanese paper, adhered to watercolor paper, cut out and collaged onto relief print.Read More
Imaginary Reality | 10th Annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition
Date: Apr 1, 2014 – Apr 30, 2014
Location: Main Line Art Center
Opening Reception: Friday, April 4, 6:30 to 8:30 pm
Imaginary Reality is the 10th annual Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition at Main Line Art Center and marks an exciting expansion of the program to include the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art. This exhibition coincides with the introduction of our new Digital Media program at Main Line Art Center and provides learning opportunities and interactive experiences for artists and audiences alike. Imaginary Reality, featuring Nic Coviello, Tim Portlock, and Jennie Thwing, explores the expansion of artistic dialogue yielded by the combination of traditional mediums and digital arts. Trained in the classic artistic mediums, each artist adopted digital technology as a means of deepening their investigations of invented landscapes, imaginary narratives, and personal identity. In essence, they have created unique visual languages that comingle painting, printmaking, digital photography, stop animation video, 3D gaming technology, performance, and installation. Contextualizing digital imagery in service of storytelling and discovery, their work exists in between and among mediums to create new and unexpected realities that challenge our definitions of self, place, and human experience.
Reception: Friday, April 4, 6:30-8:30 pm
Artist Talk and Gallery Tour: Friday, April 4, 5:30-6:30 pm
Imaginary Reality: iPainting on the Go Workshop
Thurs., April 17, 6-8:30 pm
Member – $35.00 Non-Member – $46.00
Join artist Nic Coviello for a hands-on workshop on how to make art using creative painting apps on your smart tablet or iPad. Learn about the apps that are available and ways to take advantage of this portable technology to expand your creative endeavors. Open to adults and teens. Click here to register.
Technology in Art: Visionary Influence
Mon., April 21, 6-7:30 pm
Contemporary art leads the way for innovation and creativity in the worlds of business, design, and popular culture. Join Tim Portlock, whose fine artwork is created using 3D gaming technology, as he discusses how his own work and the landscape of cutting edge digital arts influence today’s commerce and communications. Lecture is free and open to the public. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Imaginary Reality: Still Animation Workshop
Thurs., April 24, 6-8:30 pm
Member – $35.00 Non-Member – $46.00
Join Philadelphia Artist and Filmmaker Jennie Thwing in the full scale installation of her artwork, My Black Hole, to participate in and contribute to the creative process of creating a short still-animated film. Open to adults and teens. Click here to register.
About the Betsy Meyer Memorial Exhibition Series
For the past decade, Main Line Art Center has presented an exhibition each spring in memory of Teaching Artist Betsy Meyer featuring the work of forward-thinking artists who are pushing boundaries within their artistic practice. As an artist, Betsy exemplified what is most exciting about engaging with the artwork of living artists: watching them experiment with their media and tackling complicated and tough subjects. As a teacher, she encouraged her students to follow her example and expand their practice into new frontiers. And finally, as a member of the board and exhibition committee, she assured that the Art Center was there for the artistic community of Philadelphia.
Introducing the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art
Imaginary Reality marks an expansion of the program to include the Meyer Family Award for Contemporary Art, which consists of a solo exhibition and award of $1000 to each selected artist. The growth of this exhibition program is an effort to support the talented contemporary artists in the Mid-Atlantic region, to honor deserving artists in the field, and to encourage excellence and experimentation in artistic practice, presentation, and community involvement. The application period begins April 4 and runs through September 22, 2014. The Art Center is thankful to Betsy Meyer’s family for their generous and unyielding support of the Art Center and Betsy’s artistic legacy and looks forward to granting this new award to artists annually.
About the Artists
Colored with life experiences and the joy of studio practices, Nic Coviello’s goal is to provide the viewer with an alternate narrative on a commonplace subject. Parklands, botanical forms, and animals provide the context for his work. Coviello fuses traditional methods of drawing, painting, and printmaking with photographic and digital imaging techniques to get at an “elusive” real and a “concrete” imagined nature. Appropriating photographic data and explorations in computer graphics complement his field drawing, painting, and collected fragments of nature. Coviello creates background landscapes with painterly techniques and portrays the foreground figures with high-contrast black and white photographic elements. Born in Connecticut, Coviello came to Philadelphia to study at the Pennsylvania Academy of the Fine Arts where he earned coordinated BFA and MFA degrees from the University of Pennsylvania. He now lives and works in Philadelphia and has exhibited widely at venues including the Philadelphia International Airport, The Painting Center in New York, and the Korean University of the Arts in Seoul, Korea. Coviello taught Digital Design as a Lecturer at the University of Pennsylvania’s School of Design and was an Artist Member and Board Member of the Nexus Foundation for the Arts from 2004 until 2009.
Tim Portlock’s lifelong interest in the dialogue between place and the formation of identity is the fuel behind his creative endeavors. Educated primarily as a traditional visual artist, Portlock has worked in the past as a community-based muralist as well as a studio painter. His current body of work includes large format print images created using 3D gaming technology to simulate real world and imagined spaces based on the Las Vegas strip and surrounding desert. Recent work also includes large, outdoor video projections onto buildings that create temporary public art. Portlock received a BFA in Painting from the Kansas City Art Institute, an MFA in Art and Design from the University of Chicago, and an MFA in Electronic Visualization from the University of Illinois. Portlock is currently an Associate Professor in the Film and Media Department at Hunter College (CUNY- New York City), and previously worked at the University of Paris-Sorbonne. A 2011 recipient of a Pew Fellowship and the 2012 West Prize, Portlock has exhibited widely throughout the US and internationally including Ars Electronica in Austria, ISEA in Japan, and the Tate Modern as a member of the Artist Collective Vox Populi.
Jennie Thwing is a New York-based artist and film maker. Using video, installation, and animation she creates imaginary narratives that reference her history, ideology, social context, family mythologies, and dreams. Her subject matter ranges from miniature animated dioramas to historical reenactments. All of her work involves the anthropomorphism of nature, refuse, and human environments. Currently an Assistant Professor of Visual Communication at SUNY Farmingdale College as well as an Associate Professor of Art at Rowan University, Thwing received her BFA in Graphic Design at Tyler School of Art in Philadelphia, and went on to receive her MFA in Imaging and Digital Arts at University of Maryland. Her work has been widely exhibited in the US and abroad at venues including the Museum of Contemporary Art in Seattle, the Institute for Contemporary Art in Philadelphia, the Fondazion Mudima per l’Arte Contemporarnea in Milan, The Independent Museum of Contemporary Art (IMCA) in Cyprus and the New York Studio Gallery. Thwing was also recently chosen as a Center for Emerging Visual Artists Fellow and a 2014 Queens Arts Fund Grant recipient.Read More
Bridgette Mayer’s star artist Neil Anderson’s recent work is on view through the end of the month.
The show is entitled “Earth Songs: Architecture of the Plane” and features works in Anderson’s evolving style – a colorful, organic, pattern-contemplative play that I personally enjoy. These pieces are more figural and narrative – and less densely fractured – than some I have seen at Bridgette Mayer in the past. The gallery is located at 709 Walnut Street. Visit or more information here.
The fabulous, charismatic, and talented Eleanor Hubbard has just had a show at Walter Wickiser Gallery in New York.
Eleanor is a personal friend whose work is as impressive and stylish as she. The witty Ms. Hubbard, who completed her MFA at Penn, is truly both academic and artist, and was also a Ford Fellow in Medieval Studies at Cornell. This exhibition focused on her relationship to landscapes and animals – including an ox she adopted on Martha’s Vineyard – and the works are fine examples of her ongoing exploration of color.Read More